3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 11, 2011 7:24 AM by Peter Spier

    Data Sources & Master Pages Help


      I am currently creating a catalog and have a couple of questions about data sources.


      Do data sources just work as they do in other applications (like OpenOffice) where they populate all fields automatically. Or can I set a text field with a variable to take a specific bit of info from the datasource.


      What I am doing is creating a catalog and was wanting to put all the product prices in a data source so the data source can just be updated with the new prices when the next edition of the caralog is produced.


      Dont know if data sources are what I'll use or if there is another method for doing this, but if someone could please point me in hte right direction.



      Also I created master pages for all the different pages layouts, but have noticed you cant edit the text fields when you apply them to a page. Is there a way to do this or a way to produces templates that can be applied to a page.



        • 1. Re: Data Sources & Master Pages Help
          Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

          Google InDesign catalog plugin and you'll find tons of information about doing catalogs. For what you want it's a near certainty that you'll need a commercial plugin.


          Master pages....


          The general principle with master pages is they are where you put content that repeats on more than one page. Master page objects can be overridden and edited on the document page, but if you find a need to do that the odds are better than 90% that the object should not be on the master page to start with. When you say "text fields" do you really mean fields, or do you mean frames where you would enter text by typing? Fields implies some sort of linkage to data automation, and, no, I wouldn't expect to be able to do much editing on the field itself, but if you explain waht you mean, maybe we can figure out what's going on.

          • 2. Re: Data Sources & Master Pages Help
            Scott_Technogroom Level 1

            I do just mean text frames. What I had planned was to have the master page with all the frames in place for me to put in the title, desc., etc. and be able to alter the size of the frames if needed.

            Since the pages are all going to use the same layout (four catalog items per page) I was hopeing the master pages whould be editable to save me doing a lot of copy & paste stuff with the frames.


            I will look into the plugins to see what there is. Will develop my own one if need be, but thought indesign may have the ability built in.



            • 3. Re: Data Sources & Master Pages Help
              Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

              InDesign does have a basic Data Merge function but it's quite primitive (really designed for things like mailing labels), and can do XML import, but waht you need to do to set up your files will vary quite a bit with what methods or plugins you use, so I'd suggest doing more research before you start in on template building.


              To modify a text frame from the master page you would need to override it onto the document page by holding Cmd/Ctrl + Shift and clicking on it. but this would almost certainly be counter-productive in any sort of automation scheme.